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This chocolate-box-pretty theatre is one of the West End's tiniest spaces

For aeons known as the home to bin-lid-smashing dance sensation ‘Stomp!’, the Ambassadors Theatre is now pottering on as a useful transfer house for dramas that aren't quite big enough to hit up Theatreland’s larger venues. With only 444 seats, it's one of the smallest venues in the West End, and was designed from its opening in 1913 to provide a more intimate alternative to the vast, extravaganza-hosting theatres that surround it. 

Ambassadors Theatre's biggest claim to fame is as the place where the 'Mousetrap' magic began: Agatha Christie's record-breaking play opened there in 1952, before transferring to the neighbouring St Martin's Theatre in 1977, where it's still pulling in punters galore.  

In 2018, the Ambassadors Theatre was bought out by Ambassador Theatre Group, thwarting Cameron Mackintosh's long-cherished plan to buy the venue and rename it the Sondheim Theatre. Their long-term plans aren't clear but for now, it's a place to catch some of the biggest hits from off-West End theatres, including the Almeida's 'The Twilight Zone'. 

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drama

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